President-elect Trump carries Florida; Medical marijuana amendment passes

In what proved to be one of the most stunning upsets in U.S. political history, Donald J. Trump won more than the 270 electoral votes needed on Nov. 8 to become the 45th president of the United States.

Although votes are still being counted in a handful of states, Trump’s lead in key races have him winning an overall projected 310 electoral votes to Clinton’s 228, according to electoral-vote.com.

While Clinton did not make a public address last night, she did make her concession call to Trump soon after it was projected that the key state of Pennsylvania would end up in Trump’s column.

The tight race in Florida ultimately ended in a Trump victory as well, with Trump edging Clinton with 49 percent of the vote to her 48.

Floridians also voted for Republican Marco Rubio to return to the U.S. Senate; he won easily over Democratic opponent Patrick Murphy. Overall, Republicans maintained control of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Among the four statewide ballot measures being considered, all of the amendments passed with the exception of Amendment 1.

Florida Baptists were among those opposed to Amendment 2, which will allow the use of marijuana for people with certain medical conditions. A version of this amendment was narrowly defeated in 2014.

Darrell Orman, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Stuart and a member of the Florida Baptist Witness Board of Directors, told Baptist Press he was "disappointed" with the result and thinks it is "naïve."

The amendment permits patients with cancer, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder and other specified conditions to use marijuana at a doctor's recommendation.

Orman said FDA-approved drugs provide adequate relief for patients with the conditions specified in Florida's Amendment 2. Medical marijuana appears to be a "Trojan horse" intended to steer the state toward recreational pot legalization.

"Look who advocates for medical marijuana," Orman said. "It is definitely the recreational drug culture because they know they can get the door open with that, and then things just continue."

Scripture's warning against "sorcery," as in Galatians 5:20, Orman said, includes a warning against the use of mind-altering drugs because the Greek word translated "sorcery" (pharmakeia) refers to magic utilizing drugs or potions. Such drugs and potions often were intended to induce an altered state of mind in the ancient world.

In addition to its warnings about mind-altering drugs, Scripture approves the responsible use of palliative drugs, as in Proverbs 3:6-7, and other medications, as in 1 Timothy 5:23.

"The joy in Christ so surpasses" the happiness or relief afforded by drugs, Orman said.

Amendment 1, which would have allowed Florida residents the right to own or lease solar energy equipment, failed. The controversial amendment would have prevented those who benefit from solar power from getting installation and/or ownership subsidies.

Amendment 3, which will allow tax exemptions for totally and partially disabled first-responders, was passed. Amendment 5 will provide the same tax exemptions for low-income senior citizens who are long-term residents of Florida.

Florida Baptist Witness Reporter Nicole Kalil can be reached at 904-596-3169, nkalil@goFBW.com and on Twitter @FBWNicole. David Roach, chief national correspondent for Baptist Press (bpnews.net), contributed to this report.

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